Bo’ness Fair Day essay winners

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THE biggest event in the Bo’ness calendar has lost none of its magic for the younger generation, judging by entries for this year’s Helen Ward-Birkby Memorial Trophy.

Cameron Bissett of Bo’ness Public Primary School was announced on Monday as the fourth trophy recipient, named in memory of the late 1958 Fair Queen.

His enthusiasm for the Fair Day plus writing skills combined in his winning ‘What the Fair Day means to me’ essay entry.

The contest attracted around 130 submissions from primary school pupils and the judging panel included former ‘voice of the Fair’, Douglas Snedden and Journal and Gazette reporter Esther Hutcheson.

The trophy is presented at the queen-elect’s kirking, and Cameron gets a £50 book token. You can read his entry below.

Second place (£30 token) went to Caitlin Stewart of Kinneil Primary. Deanburn Primary’s Lauren Sommerville (£20 token) came third.

* What The Fair Day Means To Me

To me the Fair Day signifies true fellowship throughout the town.

Everything from all the hard work put into the arches, to the crowds of people that gather. Knowing that every year, on the last Friday in June, there will be a one-of-a-kind celebration that will make the full town seem magical.

A day on which bad memories are forgotten and good memories created.

But it’s the little things that make the Fair Day truly special.

Like on the Fair ‘een when everyone walks around the town, looking at the amazing arches that have been built.

Or on the Fair morning when everybody is up early getting ready and taking pictures. And when you are walking with the procession and the crowds of people that lead the way through the town are cheering and everyone you know shouts your name and waves.

You can sense excitement and joy in the air as you parade around the town to the tune of the bagpipes and the beat of the drums. There’s not a face in the town that doesn’t have a smile on it.

Fun, excitement, the happy faces and the start of summer - that’s what the Fair Day means to me.

* By Cameron Bissett, P7, Bo’ness Public Primary School